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FILE - In a Sept. 9, 2014 file photo Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jon Lester looks into the seats after the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago.  A person with knowledge of the arrangements says free agent left-hander Jon Lester has plans to meet with the San Francisco Giants the first week of December, 2014.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Tim O’Sullivan: Excitement is back for Red Sox, and plenty more may be on the way

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

There will be more fireworks at Fenway Park next year, and that’s a good thing, because the old place needed it. After last year’s lifeless, last-place campaign, it was obvious the Red Sox needed to add some spark to their lineup, and the team did just that by signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. But fans won’t have to wait until April for fireworks from the Sox. There will be more explosive, eye-catching moves coming soon. Let’s start by applauding the acquisition of Sandoval and Ramirez, two of the best hitters available on the free agent market. Maybe the signings run counter to the philosophy …

Stewart flies under the radar as Bow’s offensive field general

Friday, November 14, 2014

There’s no single reason why Bow beat Bishop Brady, 54-14, in last week’s first-round playoff game. Or why the top-ranked Falcons (9-0) will be heavily favored in tomorrow’s Division III semifinal against Campbell, a team they beat 35-7 in the season opener. Or why it will be a shock if Bow doesn’t repeat …

No stopping the insanity in Bow when it comes to defense

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BOW – Most call it a three-and-out when a defense forces a punt after just three plays. Bow Coach Paul Cohen likes to call it “18 seconds of craziness,” six seconds for each play. So far this season, the Falcons defense has been going insane. “We tell the kids to do whatever it …

Todd Cote a valuable presence as John Stark basketball manager

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Life lessons can hit you from all angles. My Aunt Margo, who had Down syndrome, blessed me with plenty of lessons, none greater than her example of unconditional love. When I would misbehave as a kid, or even …

Patriots not as far away as you might think

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

After watching Seattle dismantle Denver in the Super Bowl, it would be easy for a Patriots fan to overreact. The simple logic is sort of scary – if the Seahawks put a 43-8 whipping on the Broncos, what would they have done to the Pats, who weren’t really …

Basketball gives Crecco a world of experience

Sunday, January 26, 2014

While most college basketball players dream of the NBA, playing professionally in Europe has its advantages. Players are exposed to new cultures, languages and experiences, and they can grow on and off the court. That’s certainly been the …

Tim O'Sullivan: Scales tilt heavily in favor of Manning

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Winning the last round of a boxing match or the last debate of the campaign usually carries extra weight with the judges or voters. And if yesterday’s AFC championship game was the last head-to-head big-game matchup between Tom …

Patriots built to run

Sunday, January 19, 2014

There’s been much talk about the Patriots transforming themselves into a running team this season. How they’ve reinvented themselves in the face of changing personnel, channeling football’s smash-mouth past in an era that’s all about aerial stunts. Yes, …

Tim O’Sullivan: Ainge adroitly adds more assets with trade of Crawford, Brooks

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Danny Ainge is earning his money. The Celtics’ president of basketball operations completed his second three-team trade of the month yesterday, shipping Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to Golden State and getting a pair (or more) of draft picks from Miami in return. The Heat also sent Joel …

Tim O’Sullivan: Patriots will have too much for pesky Colts

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The general feeling in New England is confidence, maybe even cockiness, and why not? The Patriots should have little trouble dispatching Indianapolis in tonight’s divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium, right? Admittedly, that does feel right. The Colts …

Tim O’Sullivan: Patriots fans, keep an eye on these guys

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Patriots fans can relax this weekend. They won’t have to sweat another last-gasp finish, or watch another Pro Bowler hobble off injured. Instead, they can enjoy playoff football while their team enjoys a bye. While most of the …

2013 – a year of tragedy and triumph in New England

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It was an odd year for sports here in New England, a year when terrorism and murder demanded our attention as much as titles and superstars. Our region has grown accustomed to center stage on the national scene …

Tim O’Sullivan: Enjoy the Patriots’ ride –they may continue to surprise you

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Let’s admit it. We’re spoiled, at least when it comes to the Patriots. If the Pats aren’t setting records, or running away with the league’s best record, or at least guaranteeing themselves a first-round bye by Thanksgiving, there’s …

UNH football team has season depending on finale with Maine

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The mission is simple for the University of New Hampshire football team. The Wildcats must win their regular season finale on Saturday against Maine to have any chance at extending their FCS playoff appearance streak to 10 straight years, the best current run in the country. But don’t …

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox redeemed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ever since July, Shane Victorino has been striding to home plate at Fenway Park to the Bob Marley song “Three Little Birds.” The Boston fans have been singing along, serenading the Boston right fielder with the line, “Don’t …